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Using many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive; long-winded.‘he has a meandering, circumlocutory speaking style’
periphrastic, circuitous, indirect, roundabouttautological, repetitive, repetitious, diffuse, discursive, long-winded, prolix, verbose, wordy, rambling, wandering, tortuouspleonastic, circumlocutionary, ambagiousView synonyms
- ‘After 20 years in the Senate, he has developed a meandering, circumlocutory speaking style.’
- ‘Joe's conversational exchanges with the convalescent Pip are hilariously circumlocutory.’
- ‘His theories are often circumlocutory and warped.’
- ‘Breakfast rooms across India display a vista of glazed eyes ploughing wearily through the turgid, circumlocutory language of the morning papers.’
- ‘Other television station announcers had been less circumlocutory in declaring the result.’
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